Our match prediction:
Following a 1-0 win over Deportivo La Coruna, Espanyol did remarkably well to beat Sporting Gijon at Estadio Municipal El Molinon at the weekend. Los Periquitos are hitting their form and they will be aiming to escape the danger zone in the La Liga standings with a victory over Real Betis on Thursday night. Los Beticos dropped a two-goal advantage in Saturday’s clash against Rayo Vallecano, with the team playing out their third consecutive draw in the national championship. Juan Merino’s men are level on points with their next rivals Espanyol, but taking into account that the visitors are on an eight-match winless run on the road, we predict that the hosts will pick up all three points from Thursday’s clash. When the two sides met at Estadio Benito Villamarin in the reverse fixture, Espanyol recorded a 3-1 win over Real Betis, with Roco, Caicedo and Victor Sanchez scoring for the Catalan outfit.
Highlighted Team (Espanyol):
Espanyol are a Catalan club that plays in Spanish La Liga. Espanyol were founded in 1900 and their original name was Sociedad Espanola de Football. In 1901 the Catalan club changed its name to Club Espanol de Futbol. Los Periquitos used to play in bright yellow shirts in the past, but current colour of the team’s home kit is blue and white. Espanyol’s fiercest rivals are Barcelona and the two teams face each other in the Catalan derby (Derbi barceloni). Espanyol have always been in Barca’s shadow, but it has to be noted that los Periquitos have won four Copa del Rey (Spanish Cup trophies). The likes of Raul Tamudo, Jose Maria, Antonio Argiles and Mauricio Pochettino are players with most appearances for the Catalan outfit. Espanyol play their home games at Estadio Cornella-El Prat and the capacity of the stadium is 40,500. Los Periquitos have never participated in the Champions League.